• Reflections,  Words of Wisdom

    Here’s Why Grades Aren’t Everything

    I’ve always loved school and had a natural affinity for learning in that type of environment, but through my stints in education and just talking to people, I’ve come to learn that not everyone has the same experience. There are people who HATE school, but due to the institutional and cultural pressures put upon us, still find themselves having to dedicate years of their lives (and savings) to a college degree. So, this post is for all my “Cs get degrees” homies and my “I’d rather be pursuing literally anything else” babes, but it’s also for the kids who put a jarring amount of pressure on themselves to get a…

  • Reflections

    Sharing A Home vs. Living Together

    I was fortunate enough to live (well) with my best friend for three out of my four years of college. People always say that you shouldn’t live with your friends but they couldn’t have been more wrong in our case. Kali and I blended our lives perfectly, and a lot of it happened without us even having to speak. We both loved clean counters, hated dishes in the sink and had to have our toilet roll going over and NOT under. We were a match made in roommate heaven. Kali and I worked to make our apartment feel like a home. Our trips to the grocery store were a chance…

  • Pieces of Work

    What Having A Blog Has Taught Me

    I thought that it’d be nice to use this as a time to reflect on the experience I’ve had with this blog, as well as to give any new (or veteran) bloggers some advice on how to get by. I’ve been keeping up this blog for almost four months now. The requirements were simple: 2 posts per week on this website, 1 post per week on LinkedIn. I took for granted just how much work goes into finding the inspiration to do that. Here are a few things that blogging taught me: I. Discipline This is the biggest lesson that maintaining my blog taught me. I knew that I had…

  • Pieces of Work,  Reflections,  Travel

    My Favorite Place in Zambia

    After only a two-hour drive out of Lusaka, everything changes. The sound of cars disappears and is replaced with chirping birds and rushing water. The grey of the buildings becomes the green and brown of the earth. Nature takes over and reminds me why this is my favorite place. I’ve been visiting the Livingstone since I was a child. Whenever my family needs a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, we tend to venture south. Any place along the Zambezi River is particularly beautiful in my humble, unbiased opinion. Sunsets along the Zambezi are simply different from any others I’ve ever seen. It’s as if the universe’s…

  • Reviews,  TV/Movies

    Black and Brown Representation on TV: Who I Think is Doing It Right

    Growing up, it didn’t click that there weren’t many Disney shows that featured black leads in non-stereotypical roles. Off the top of my head, I can think of That’s So Raven, Cory in the House, and later, Shake It Up!, but I was already too old for that. As I’ve gotten older, the conversation surrounding the demand for better representation of all people of color has gotten louder, and that is really going to change the way young children of color see themselves in society. I decided to highlight a few recent shows I’ve watched which I think are doing a good job of representing black and brown folks. I.…

  • Reflections

    My Favorite Buildings In Chapel Hill

    I am becoming increasingly nostalgic as I enter the final month of my undergraduate career. As a result, I thought that it’d be nice to dedicate a post to some of my favorite buildings in Chapel Hill. I. Carroll Hall Carroll is the building that makes me wonder why I pay rent. As the home of the School of Media and Journalism, it’s become my sanctuary. The majority of my classes (and my only all-nighters) have taken place somewhere within its walls during my time at UNC-Chapel Hill. The building is a tad bit confusing to navigate, but I’ve become an expert at finding short cuts, knowing the best times…

  • Poetry

    Temple – A Poem

    My body is a temple,So when you visit, wash your hands clean.Rid yourself of all ego,And respect what few have seen. Be quiet and be gentle.Run fingers along polished wood,For it is a force with which to be reckoned,Where good meets bad, where bad meets good. It is temptation and salvation, Strong will and weak minds,It is magic, it is beauty,What some would say is one of a kind. So when you come to see this temple,Remember that it is a holy place.Rid yourself of all your egoStay awhile, allow embrace. Don’t carry excess baggage And leave it piled in the standsFor in this temple there can be damage,A heart…

  • Music Spotlight

    Music Spotlight: Alicia Keys

    I recently watched Alicia Keys’ iHeart Radio Music Awards performance with her son and it brought me to tears. It also made me want to relive some of her best musical moments, so I decided to write this post. The New Yorker has immense talent, from her classically-trained piano skills to her angelic voice. She exudes passion and charisma in both her music and her life. Here are my top 5 Alicia Keys Tracks: Blended Family (What You Do For Love) ft. A$AP Rocky Favorite lyrics: “And even though I married your fatherThat’s not the only reason I’m here for ya” Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart Favorite lyrics: “So…

  • Words of Wisdom

    When We’re Searching for Closure

    In life, things happen, and we as humans want to do anything in our power to make sense of everything as quickly as possible. It helps us heal. For some, we find closure through a conversation, where all issues and questions can be laid out onto a table to be addressed. However, not all of us are so lucky. Sometimes others are unresponsive, and sometimes we are the unresponsive ones. And in some of the hardest times of all, we can’t get closure because the person is no longer with us. Connecting dots without the help of someone else is like sewing with your eyes closed. You think that you’re going from…

  • Words of Wisdom

    Serving ‘Em Up: Apologies

    We’ve all done something wrong or had wrong done to us. In many instances, this has warranted an apology. But every-so-often, we receive an apology that just doesn’t sit well or seems satisfactory to someone else but not to us. This post is all about why that may be. Dr. Gary Chapman is the author of the 5 Love Languages. He has decades of experience in counseling and learning how each individual gives love and receives love in order to help relationships thrive. In 2006, he took his work a step further by writing a book about how we give and receive apologies. Knowing how your friend, partner, parent, child…